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A soft, lightweight, usually printed fabric made of wool, cotton, or rayon.

[Possibly from the surname Challis.]
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(ˈʃælɪ; -lɪs) or


(Textiles) a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
[C19: probably from a surname]
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(ˈʃæl i)

a soft plain-weave fabric in wool, cotton, or rayon, usu. in a small print.
[1840–50; perhaps after Challis, a surname]
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Noun1.challis - a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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